Why Begin a Blog?

I am a pre-medicine student who believes that there is tremendous value in reading, thinking about, and discussing classic literature.

This blog serves a few purposes: 

1) To catalyze my own thinking and learning about literature through the act of presentation.

2) To keep me motivated to regularly read non-science works amidst my studies. I would like to be multi-dimensional, and I find artificial distinctions between types of knowledge, or disciplines, constricting; human interests are naturally broad and varied, and where curiosity is not yet tamed, it is beautiful. By way of example, Goethe was a German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theater director, critic, and amateur artist. Imagine meeting him and asking our favorite one-dimensional question, ‘What do you do?’

3) More generally, to learn what it means to embrace the human experience; to become a person who engages thoughtfully, openly, and consequently richly, with life and its vicissitudes; to cut back a path, using the pointed reflections of others, to what is fundamental in life. To discover, as Thoreau sought, how to:

Live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.

4) Hopefully, to offer something of value to whoever happens to read my posts.



One thought on “Why Begin a Blog?

  1. The simple life can be lived in urban and rural settings, so thought Lewis Mumford. His advice: strip away superfluidies, try to make work more satisfying, concentrate on sincere personal relations, and strive for synthesis of practical and spiritual, science and humanism. “We begin again to dream Thoreau’s dream—of what it means to line an authentic human life.”

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